11/3 Senate District 15 Newsletter

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Senator Janeen Sollman

Friends and Neighbors, 

November Legislative Days Begin Monday, November 6

November's legislative day's begin Monday (11/6), and go through Wednesday (11/8). Committees and task forces will convene and hear about current issues, upcoming bill concepts and any Emergency Board funding requests. 

The Legislative Day agendas for the committees I serve on are linked and listed below:

If you are planning a visit to Salem, there are metered and electric vehicle charging spots near the Capitol. The historic part of the Capitol is still under construction and remains closed, but the Senate and House wings are open. Stop by my office (S-207) to say "Hello" if you are at the Capitol. Visitors may enter through the ADA accessible doors on State Street, the south side of the building. To ensure the safety of the public, employees, tenants and Legislators in the Capitol, all visitors will encounter a security checkpoint with a walk-through metal detector upon entry. Please see the Building Use Policy, Rule #15​ for prohibited items.​

Not able to make the trip? You can still watch the meetings from home on OLIS, the Oregon Legislative Information System. Please find links provided by OLIS below for further information. 

Legislative Days Details:


*Committees are scheduled as needed

Día de Los Muertos / Day of the Dead

Every year, those who have passed are remembered and summoned by the observances of the living, who cook, make music and decorate their graves. This celebration of life and death, traditionally celebrated on November 1 and 2 (depending locality), is known as Día de Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. During these days, it is believed that the spirits of the dead return home to spend time with their families. The fundamental purpose of this celebration is to honor those who have died and keep their memory alive. Photos of the departed loved one take the most important spot on the altar. While the holiday originated in Mexico, it is celebrated all over Latin America. This past week there were several celebrations being held around Senate District 15, take a look below and some of the ones my office and I attended!

M&M Marketplace Dia De Los Muertos Celebration - Hillsboro


Centro Cultural Día de Los Muertos Celebration - Cornelius


Listen. Learn. Act.

TriMet & Renewable Hydrogen Alliance ZEB Tour & Hydrogen Tour

This week Team SD15 toured Trimet's Zero Emission Bus (ZEB) facilities to learn more about renewable hydrogen. The tour featured the Columbia Garage and Powell Garage, both of which are essential to Trimet's ZEB future. 


Washington County Chamber of Commerce Manufacturing Symposium

This year, SD 15 staff attended the Washington County Chamber of Commerce's Manufacturing Symposium, which focused on three things: People, Place, and Space. Panelists discussed ways to empower the workforce of tomorrow through innovative approaches, balancing the dynamic interplay between modern practices and our manufacturing heritage, and ensuring there is room for growth for all types of manufacturers and supply chain companies in Washington County. It was great to hear that we have built a strong manufacturing ecosystem in Washington County and it was good to hear from a diverse range of industry stakeholders. 


Out and About in Senate District 15

I had a great time reading to Una Maher's K-2 class from the Hillsboro Online Academy last Friday. Their joy and enthusiasm for reading made my day! 


Congresswoman Bonamici's 5th annual Better Future Awards Luncheon

Earlier this week, I attended Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici's 5th Annual Better Future Awards Luncheon. The event was in celebration of three amazing honorees - Jon and Jennifer Epstein's 'Song for Charlie', Ernesto Fonseca of Hacienda LLC, and Kaig Lightner Portland Community Football Club. It was a great time of recognition and celebration.


Senate District 15 Small Business Spotlight

Puppernickel - Doggie bakery 


Puppernickel is a family-owned pet supply store in Hillsboro, OR. They specialize in making handmade and natural doggie treats. Puppernickel believes in baking with simple, fresh ingredients and do not use any artificial colors or flavors and no preservatives

Stop by 244 E Main St, Hillsboro, OR 97123 and check them out!. 

Open Tuesday - Sunday from 10AM - 5:30PM. 

Community Outreach

Hillsboro Police Department Shred Event - November 4


Tomorrow, November 4 from 8AM - 1PM the Hillsboro Police Department will be holding a shred event across from 3083 NE 49th Pl Hillsboro, OR. 
Simply drive up and drop off your confidential documents, and they will shred them on-site for free.

  • On-site from 8 am to 1 pm or until shredding
  • Three box/bag limit trucks are full
  • Monetary donations accepted to benefit the Hillsboro Police Cadets

Please Note: HPD ONLY accept paper items. Please make sure your boxes do not contain other materials that can break the shred trucks (batteries, remotes, shoes, socks, toys, diapers, trash, binders, binder clips, metal file folders, etc.). Paper clips and staples are okay.

Adelante Mujeres - Changing the narrative for Latine women starts with you!

- From Adelante Mujeres newsletter-

Adelante Mujeres means "Women Rise Up", and they are a grassroots organization run by and for the Latine community. They provide holistic education and empowerment opportunities to Latine women and their families to ensure full participation and active leadership in the community by breaking down barriers. 

Graduates from their programs become civic leaders, immigrant rights activist, youth leaders, entrepreneurs, community health workers, sustainable farmers, and much more. Pictured below is Nancy - an awe-inspiring Latine woman who is a first-generation in everything! Meaning, she is the first to complete middle school, high school, college, and even law school. Despite facing obstacles in continuing her education beyond high school, Nancy persevered and sough help to figure out how to pursue further education. 

Her participation in Adelante Mujere's CHICAS program was a turning point, providing life-changing experiences that taught her how to seize opportunities and make the most of them. Today, Nancy approaches every new opportunity with a sense of adventure and a willingness to explore, thanks to the lesson she learned in CHICAS. Her success story exemplifies what can be achieved by empowering women in our community to take on leadership roles through educaiton and breaking down barriers. With our collective efforts, we can create a brighter future for all.

From now until the end of the year, you have the opportunity to donate to Adelante Mujeres through the Give Guide. Not only will your contribution make a positive difference in the lives of Latine women like Nancy in your community, but you will also be entered to win amazing prices. 

Donate today by clicking here!


Additional Resources

Senate District 15 – Event Calendars

Federal Delegation Links

Education Links

Food and Housing Assistance

Be good to yourself and each other. ❤

Onward & Upward,


Senate District 15 lies on Kalapuya land. The Atfalati were the northernmost band of the Kalapuya that lived along the Tualatin River in present day Washington County. Many of the Atfalati descendants are members of the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon today. The Indigenous Peoples of this land experienced a painful history of colonial violence, sickness and removal from their land. The Atfalati are the foundation of Oregon’s past and we must honor them well into our future.    

Capitol Phone: 503-986-1715
Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, S-207​, Salem, Oregon 97301
Email: Sen​​​.JaneenSollman@oregonlegislature.gov
Website: http://www.oregonlegislature.gov/sollman